Top-10 GVSU Highlights from 2011-12
Softball, Women's Track & Field Lead with 16 Honorees
Lakers' 45 Wins are Sixth-Most in School History
GVSU and Pumas Square Off on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Lakers Face #7 Saint Joseph's at 2:30 p.m. in Friday's Opening Round
2012: Earned All-GLIAC Honorable Mention laurels for the second consecutive season...Named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team...Led all GLIAC pitchers with a 1.49 ERA...Also ranked fourth in the GLIAC in opponents batting average (.236), eighth in wins (14), and ninth in complete games (16) despite missing the end of the season due to an injury...Named GLIAC Pitcher of the Week on Mar. 19...Finished season with a 14-8 record, tossing 16 complete games in 21 starts and allowing just 24 walks in 131.2 innings pitched...Ranks seventh in GVSU career history in strikeouts (294), ninth in wins (47), and 10th in fewest walks (135)...Won first four starts of season, including season-opening complete game five-hitter in 4-1 win over Assumption (3/4), giving up one unearned run...Struck out career-high 10 batters in complete game four-hitter, as Lakers topped Northern State (3/10) by 9-2 score...Tossed complete game shutout in 4-0 win at Northwood (4/10), giving up just five hits, no walks, and striking out five batters...Last win of season came on Apr. 13 in 4-2 victory over Ohio Dominican, as she threw a complete game, giving up two runs on seven hits.
2011: Earned Daktronics Midwest Region Second Team laurels, while also being named an All-GLIAC Honorable Mention selection... Named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team...GVSU's top pitcher, she went 20-8 with a 2.81 ERA, striking out 115 batters in 171.2 innings pitched (18 complete games)...Ranked third in the GLIAC in wins, and starts (32), seventh in innings pitched and strikeouts, eighth in ERA, and 10th in opponents batting average (.283)...Lakers were 23-9 in games Nicholson started in the circle...Ranks 10th in Laker history with 224 career strikeouts...Notched two of team's three victories in NCAA Midwest Regional 1 Tournament, including throwing a complete-game three-hit shutout against Quincy (5/13) in tournament opener, while striking out five batters in 4-0 win...Tossed complete-game three-hit shutout with five strikeouts in 13-0 victory over Tiffin (4/15)...Struck out season-high eight batters, while allowing just two runs in seven innings of a 4-2 win over Lake Superior State (4/10).
2010: Named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team...Made 21 appearances on the mound, starting 19 times, while tossing 13 complete games and totaling 112.0 innings pitched, all of which were team-highs...Finished the year with an 8-9 record and a 3.19 earned run average...Tallied 69 strikeouts and just 38 walks on the year...Allowed just one triple and one homerun all season long...Threw seven or more innings eight times, including eight innings pitched twice...Tossed a complete game shutout, allowing only two hits and adding five strikeouts in 6-0 win over Franklin Pierce (3/13)...Struck out a season-best eight batters, while giving up just one run on four hits in a 10-1 win over Olivet (3/22)...Finished on the losing end of a 1-0, extra-inning game against Wayne State (4/24), as she gave up one run on 11 hits...Threw a complete game five-hitter with seven strikeouts in a 6-1 win at Saint Joseph's (3/17).
2009: Earned NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors...Appeared in 17 games during her freshman season, making nine starts...Finished her rookie year with a 5-2 record, one save, four complete games, and a 3.27 earned run average in 62.0 innings pitched...In sixth career appearance, she totaled a seven-inning one-hitter, striking out five batters in a 4-0 win over Lake Erie (3/14)...Won her next start against Olivet (3/20) with a complete game in which she gave up two runs while scattering eight hits, while striking out five batters in a 6-2 victory...Totaled a career-high seven strikeouts, while giving up four runs on six hits for third straight victory, a 6-4 win over Cornerstone (3/27).
High School: Prepped at Avon Lake High School under head coach Kevin Atkins...Posted an 18-3 overall record with 275 strikeouts and 14 shutouts during her junior season...Earned All-Southwestern Conference First Team honors three times and All-Ohio honorable mention in 2007...Tabbed Southwestern Conference most valuable player in 2007 and Lorain Journal Softball Player of the Year...Named team most valuable player four times...Team won Southwest Conference championship and district title during her junior season...Also played volleyball and basketball...member of National Honors Society, Varsity Club, and Key Club.
Personal: Daughter of Gary and Crissie Nicholson...Enjoys hiking, jet skiing, and being outdoors...Majoring in biomedical sciences.